Mindfulness as a ‘Strategic Intervention’ for your teens or at-risk youth population.
The brain remodeling happens intensively during adolescence. The part of the brain that is responsible for a teen’s ability to plan and think about the consequences of their actions, solve problems and control impulses is at its peak and it’s associated with emotions, impulses, aggression and instinctive behavior. This is the stage of emotional growth, our teen is learning to discover themselves, who they are and what they want. But too often, they are clouded with all sorts of emotions during this adolescent stage.
Remember how are habits are formed? Yes, neuroplasticity! Research shows that almost half of what we do is habitual. Both good and bad habits. What about bad habits such as negative self-talk or labeling? Most of our behaviors are repeated in the ‘same’ scenario. Such as the same circumstance, same people, same time, same location or the same feeling. So, when we do something often enough; in a consistent way; which produces the same feeling; and when this ‘same scenario’ with the same negative feelings are repeated, we label ourselves based on our behavior in a specific situation. Then, once it gets established, our behavior or habits are formed. It becomes automatic.
So often, when our teens are in ‘auto-pilot’ mode, they tend to react to the same environmental queues or circumstances instead of responding consciously.
Mindfulness as a ‘Strategic Intervention’ provides teens with a skill when practiced regularly;
It promotes internal organization; increases their self-regulation and promotes their overall self-awareness and well-being.
With increased self-regulation, teens are able to Intercept, stop, and think before responding while the increase in self-awareness, helps them to understand and know themselves better, what’s good for them instead of being influenced or steered by social and environmental pressures.
The objective of this intervention is to provide teens with a foundation life-skill to encourage them to make conscious choices and decisions rather than reacting unconsciously (ie. emotions driven actions). Mindful intervention support teens with a space to respond, allowing them the time to make choices and respond in a composed manner. The diagram below shows how practicing mindfulness allows us the space to relate to the stimulus.
The more space between the stimulus and the response means more autonomy, more choicefulness, and ultimately better decision making. However, training is important and required to develop our mental fitness. The ability to intercept, stop, and think is a skill which we and our teens can develop through mindfulness & meditation.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In that response lies our growth and our freedom” - Viktor Frankl
With sustained practice, mindfulness is how we relate to what we are experiencing. It is our ‘attitude’ towards the stimulus and how we choose to respond.
This is where ‘Strategic Intervention’ takes place.
Strong emotions don’t just arise by themselves. There must be a triggering factor, referred to as a ‘stimulus’ to cause strong emotions. Rather than response, our teens are most likely to react and make a snap decision. The diagram shows how a stimulus can create strong emotions and lead to probable actions when triggered.
Mindful ‘Strategic Intervention’ Mentoring Program for Teens & Youth (Age 12-24 years)
Being a teen can be stressful. I have one at home. The teen years are full of challenging changes, both physically and mentally. Many teens have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. Without healthy interventions, they might be prone to anxiety, depression, self-harm, and other physiological and psychological issues.
These personalized 1-1 mentoring sessions are crafted to suit your teen & youth needs incorporating mindfulness, meditation, and thought-based approach to help them deal with teen’s challenges. Your teen will learn specific skills for working with their time-travel thoughts, difficult emotions, and unhelpful behaviors.
My mentoring aims to introduce self-compassion and clarity to support teen & youth in discovering their values and be empowered to make healthy and mindful choices. They will learn to cultivate mindful habits, calmness, and resilience to effectively deal with the challenges and emotional moments they may encounter. In this program, we will explore ways of integrating mindfulness into their everyday activities.
I focus on the areas below :
anxiety and worry
stress and burnout
difficulty in focusing
Are your teens & youth:
Dealing with stress at school in the form of pressure to get better results and be involved in more extracurricular activities? Worried over school, homework, and peers?
Feeling overwhelmed with stress at home, perhaps because of family demands, arguments, expectations, or separations?
Dealing with difficult relationships with friends, schoolmates, or loved ones?
Feeling as though things are spiraling out of control and cannot stop worrying?
This program requires your commitment and trust in the process with an understanding that mindfulness is not a ‘quick-fix’. It requires time, regular practice and your support. Please allow a minimum of 6 -12 weeks of weekly 45mins-session depending on the area of focus.
Fee: NZD65.00 / Session
Concession Fees: NZD 45.00/session (12 concession sessions)
Get in touch with me for a Complimentary 30-minute Initial Discovery Session (Video Call)